Lemony Blackberry-Vodka Gelées

Lemony Blackberry-Vodka Gelees Recipe
Photo: Victoria Granof; Stylist: Amy Wilson
Timing is important here, as you want to get the drama of two separate layers with gradation between. Let the first layer set partially but not completely--if you add the blackberry layer too soon, it will muddle your color; a bit too late, and it will slide right off the bottom layer.

Yield:

Serves 18 (serving size: 2 cubes)
Total time: 6 Hours

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 12 Minutes
Total: 6 Hours

Nutritional Information

Calories 144
Fat 0.4 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.2 g
Protein 2.2 g
Carbohydrate 23.8 g
Fiber 3.2 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.4 mg
Sodium 4 mg
Calcium 20 mg

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups vodka, divided
4 envelopes unflavored gelatin, divided
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup water, divided
Cooking spray
8 cups blackberries
Blackberries (optional)
Lemon rind strips (optional)

Preparation

1. Place 1 cup vodka in a medium bowl. Sprinkle 2 envelopes gelatin evenly over vodka; let stand 3 minutes. Combine 1 cup sugar, lemon juice, and 1/2 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring just to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add hot lemon juice mixture to vodka mixture, stirring until gelatin dissolves. Pour lemon-vodka mixture into an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray; chill 1 hour and 45 minutes.

2. Place remaining 1/2 cup vodka in a medium bowl. Sprinkle remaining 2 envelopes gelatin evenly over vodka; let stand 3 minutes. Combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar, remaining 1/2 cup water, and 8 cups blackberries in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes, stirring mixture occasionally. Strain blackberry mixture through a fine sieve over a 4-cup glass measuring cup; discard solids. Add 2 cups hot blackberry mixture to vodka mixture, stirring until gelatin dissolves (reserve remaining blackberry mixture for another use). Gradually pour blackberry-vodka mixture evenly over partially set lemon-vodka mixture. Chill 3 hours or until set. Cut into 36 cubes. Garnish with blackberries and lemon rind strips, if desired.

Mary Drennen,

Cooking Light

July 2013
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